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about The Single Gourmet
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, the premier singles social, dining and travel club in the U.S.
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A. It is a
membership dining and travel club offering single adults a fun and relaxed way to meet while enjoying superb culinary and travel experiences. We offer a wide range of "gourmet" events such as wine dinners, cooking classes, tapas and tasting menus and fondue parties. We do not do "diner dinners" or the same inexpensive buffets at the same places month after month. There are various singles groups that do this and every group has its niche; ours is "fine dining".
Each event is unique and carefully planned. We seek to experience the wide variety of outstanding culinary experiences available to us, and are open to trying new things and meeting new people.
And, lastly, we are
a matchmaking or dating service
(although matches and dates do occasionally happen).
Q2. How many events do you host, and where are they?
A. We host 2-3 events monthly in Westchester/Fairfield counties (occasionally in Rockland, Putnam or Dutchess). In addition, there are 4-6 events in NYC each month, and several in Long Island. If you look at the "Events" page, under "Past Events" you will see all the places we have been recently.
Q3. When are events held?
A. Almost always evenings; once in a while we'll have a weekend lunch/brunch. Any day of the week, most often Fridays and Sundays, sometimes Saturday.
Q4. How many people attend each event?
A. It varies greatly, from 10-30, but always a manageable number for the particular restaurant to provide us top notch food and service. The smaller affairs are intimate, allowing you to really get to know your fellow gourmets. At the medium-larger events you'll meet a greater number of people. Either way, it is always VERY relaxed and collegial, and the members are welcoming. If you have been to other singles functions which are very large, faceless, and pressure-filled, you'll find this quite refreshing!
Q5. What is the format of the events?
A. There is a casual mingling period for 45-60 minutes prior to the start of the event. The Single Gourmet Director is always on hand to greet you and make introductions, as well as give you your seating assignment. Seating, usually pre-assigned, is arranged broadly by age group and/or interests. We have found that most people prefer assigned seating; and, of course, it is flexible. You can certainly make special seating requests when you make your reservation, or even at the event.
Q6. How much do events cost, and how do I pay?
A. Because we offer such a variety of events, there is a wide price range, roughly from $40 - $100. Events are prepaid through The Single Gourmet-Metro NY. You don't need to worry about splitting a bill or getting a separate bill at the end of the evening.
Q7. What is the age range?
A. Very wide. We have members in their mid thirties, through early 70s. In our experience, each event attract the entire range of members.
Q8. Are there more women than men?
A. As you will find with most groups, the answer is (not surprisingly) "YES". That being said, low key dating sometimes occurs and an occasional "match" has been made. The Single Gourmet-MetroNY is an excellent, elegant, enjoyable, and no pressure way to expand your social and professional network--and you never know where the network will lead. All while enjoying great food at some of the best venues in the area!
Q9. Can I attend a trial event before joining?
A. No. The policy of all the chapters is that The Single Gourmet is a membership club, and only members or guests of members may attend events. It is impossible to judge whether you will like the club based on any one event. Each is unique, depending upon the restaurant, the type of event, and perhaps most importantly, the unique mix of guests. And at any event, you will only meet a small portion of the membership.
Q10. I'm still tentative about joining--what if I don't like it?
A. When you think about it, there really is no risk---what is the worst thing that could happen? You'll have a nice evening at a great restaurant, perhaps one you've been meaning to try, with interesting people. And, we offer a money back guarantee: if after attending 2 events within 2 months of joining you aren't happy, we will issue a $50 refund. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain!
Q11. What is the membership fee?
A. The membership fee is just $85 for 1 year--with reciprocal privileges at ALL Single Gourmet chapters. However, we are offering a special discount - if you join online today, you'll save $10! Either way, it is a small investment for alot of fun!
Q12. Why do you charge a membership fee?
A. There are many expenses associated with running the club -- phone, fax, website, internet, advertising, printing, postage, office equipment/supplies, etc. etc. In addition, it takes quite a bit of time. Unlike some of the other singles groups, this is a "
" club and we put a tremendous amount of effort into researching and planning each event and trip; we don't just "phone it in". Providing this level of service is expensive and time consuming. But our members are worth it! And the service we provide is worth the nominal membership fee---a small investment for alot of fun!
Q13. How do I join?
A. Just fill out and submit the membership form along with payment. See the "
" page for more details. Or request a membership application be mailed to you by emailing
or calling (914)600-4267
Q14. What are the policies and procedures of the club?